I thought it might interest some people to see what a to do checklist might look like for preparing to travel. Here is ours to date:
- Get River’s passport – We had two babies with us as we waited 2 hours at the post office for a very flustered postal worker to receive our application (note: locations to drop off passport applications vary from city to city, in Denver select post offices provide the service).
- Investigate Visa needs. (Ecuador is free for the first 90 days)
- Get immunizations (covered on the previous blog)
- Find clean water solution ( We bought a Steri-Pen Ultra, the one that you can re-charge. It’s heavier but you don’t have to worry about batteries -better for traveling when you have electricity, worse for doing treks etc.)
- Buy tickets- We missed the best deals by a week and so ended up paying 900 each. Also, we bought the insurance from US Airways to cover the trip because it was cheaper then buying it with our travelers insurance. Since we will be checking luggage we thought it worth our while.
- Get travelers insurance- we went with International Medical Group because they had an affordable adventure sports rider which I will need if I want to be covered when I climb Cotopaxi
- Meet with Dave and Josh and Ellie to discuss their experiences in Ecuador- They were both very helpful. Thanks guys!
- Finalize packing list -we are still figuring out exactly what is coming and staying I will post a blog with our finalized packing list.
- Book first couple nights in Quito -I’m still looking for our best Hostel option. It’s obviously going to cost us a little more with an infant, as we will be needing private rooms. It looks like somewhere around $30 a night is going to be typical. $20 a night is our goal, sin pulgas.
- Put car insurance on “storage only” -We can save almost $60 a month by changing our auto insurance policy.
- Cancel monthly subscriptions- we don’t have many but we will save $30 a month.
- Look into cell phone usage in Ecuador- Some countries all you need is an adapted sim card and you can use your phone, I need to investigate this more.
- Get electric adapters: my guess is everything runs on 220 so we may need adapters.
- Practice Spanish -I’ve been listening to Radio Ambulante which is kind of a Spanish version of This American Life. I’ve also been watching Dare Devil on Netflix because you have the option of watching it in Spanish. I did break open the text book as well….but I’m reluctant to read it.
- Figure out Electronics: we need to decide on cameras and some sort of computer device, not sure if it will be the IPAD or an old heavy computer or maybe just smart phones (a friendly reminder of how much privilege we have).
And that about sums it up for now! next up will probably be our packing list. Cheers.